Volunteers spruce up downtown, other Danbury area highlights

Brookfield

Beekeeper to host workshop

Mike Rice, a Beekeeper at Mike’s Beehives LLC,.is holding a workshop about beekeeping from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Brookfield.

Photographer Peter Glass will host a cohort of photographers from his Meetup.com Group. People who are interested in attending the workshop can join the cemetery’s friends and neighbors at one of Connecticut’s historic sites.

Memorials include those of Lucia Ruggles, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, and artist HC Westermann.

Visit https://www.centralcemetery.net/beekeeping.html for more information, and to register for the event.

Danbury

Alzheimer’s to be discussed

Danbury Library will host a free, virtual program on Alzheimer’s disease later this month.

The program, “Alzheimer's Conversations: Protecting Your Health and Wealth,” will be held at 10 a.m. May 14 over Zoom.

Maria Xavier, from Edward Jones Financial, and Jennifer Labrie, a memory specialist, will present the program, which will detail risk factors, warning signs and resources related to Alzheimer’s. Attendees will also learn about how to protect their finances and family with designated beneficiaries, legacy and estate strategies. The red flags of financial scams will also be discussed.

Registration is required on the library’s website or by calling -797-4505 ext 7731.

Danbury

Volunteers spruce up downtown

Volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 17, to clean up downtown Danbury.

The 25 community members started at Danbury Library and moved down to the railroad tracks. Latinos for Educational Advocacy in Danbury, known as LEAD, organized the event. Fifteen members of LEAD participated, along with volunteers from other organizations, including the Portuguese youth group.

Danbury

Western Research Week returns

Western Connecticut State University will renew and reimagine the popular tradition of celebrating student research at the close of each academic year with the online presentation of Western Research Week as a four day virtual event this week.

The program runs Monday through Thursday.

After a hiatus in 2020 forced by the university’s closure last spring, 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, WCSU has transformed the annual Western Research Day tradition begun in 2005 into this year’s, 2021 Western Research Week, a series of Zoom sessions streaming live beginning at 4 p.m. each afternoon during the four-day program.

The opening session is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday and will feature a keynote talk by Kaston D. Anderson-Carpenter, assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to register in advance to view the Zoom presentations by accessing the URL link at https://wcsu-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYld-itqzMiGNbiSOsLiiT91wV6tifJwiqz.

Contact Sherri Hill of the WCSU Office of University Relations at hills@wcsu.edu for more information.

Danbury

WestConn students earn award

Western Connecticut State University students’ Bakhtawar Izzat, and Isaac Jean-Pierre are the recipients of the 2021 Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award.

Izzat is from Bethel. Jean-Pierre is from Norwalk.

Izzat is a candidate this May to receive a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in business administration, achieving a GPA above 3.90. A Kathwari Honors student, she has demonstrated a diversity of interests ranging from academic research and peer mentoring to community service, women's health, social justice and international diplomacy.

Jean-Pierre earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in management in December, graduating magna cum laude. He served for 11 years in the Stamford Police Department as a patrol officer, and community liaison with at risk youth, and underserved populations before returning to WCSU to complete his undergraduate degree program in preparation for a second career in operations management and business.

The accomplishments of Izzat, and Jean-Pierre have earned them elite recognition from the Barnard Award program, which was established to recognize student excellence at the four universities of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.

Danbury

Danbury Library presenting free, virtual program

The Danbury Library is presenting a free, live and virtual program via Zoom titled: ‘“I Am Not a Virus:’ Revisiting the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype in the Time of COVID-19,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Registration is required. Register through the virtual events calendar at http://danburylibrary.org/, or call the library at 203-797-4505 extension 7713 to register.

Participants will receive a link to the program via email upon completing registration. The program is also part of the Museum of Chinese’s One World COVID-19 special collection.

The program will also use primary and secondary sources from the museum’s collections and others to analyze the history and impact of the foreigner stereotype, with an emphasis on how that stereotype has affected, and continues to affect, people of Chinese heritage (or perceived as being Chinese or of Chinese heritage) in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kent

Kent Barns announces 2021 Second Saturday season

The Kent Barns Second Saturday season will return on May 8.

These events will be held every second Saturday through October at the Community Farmers Market Barn.

Participants can enjoy live music, grab some food at 109 Cheese or Swyft — offering ready-made pastries, a coffee bar, sandwiches, and other specialty foods. Fresh produce, plants and herbs will be available from Rock Cobble Farm.

Participants can head to the Kent Flower Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to find an assortment of spring flowers with a particular focus on tulips and daffodils, plants, pottery, and topiaries.

Flower Market vendors are: Orangerie Garden & Home, Christopher Spitzmiller, House of Books, The Flower Bar - Cobble Well Farm, Loam Floral Design Co., and Anderson Acres.

This event is outside undercover, rain or shine. Masks will be required.

Newtown

Church hosting two Red Cross Blood Drives

The Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St. in Newtown, is hosting two Red Cross Blood Drives in May.

The first blood drive is from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday.

The second blood drive is from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20.

Schedule an appointment to donate blood via redcrossblood.org, or 800-733-2767. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Wear a mask, and socially distance. Participants who are vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine should bring their vaccine card or the name of the vaccine they received.

Region

Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind teams to move on to finals

Several regional teams will be advancing to either the Odyssey of the Mind Virtual World Finals or the in-person World Finals in Orlando, Fla, on June 11 and June 12.

Students from all around Connecticut rose to the challenge to implement their original ideas to compete at the 40th Annual Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament, which was hosted virtually for the first time. Odyssey of the Mind is the largest international creative problem-solving competition in the world.

The program is STEAM focused, employing concepts from science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, in conjunction with critical thinking skills, creativity, and teamwork. Teams of up to seven students meet weekly for more than six months under the guidance of a volunteer adult coach to develop their solution to one of five long-term problems. This year, students also solved a spontaneous verbal challenge online under strict time constraints.

Gold Medalists were: Charter Oak Academy, West Hartford Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation, Durham (two teams) Spring Glen School, Hamden West Rocks Middle School, Norwalk (two teams) King School, Stamford Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Kids Helping Kids, Stamford (three teams).

Silver Medalists were: Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull.

Ridgefield

Grammy winner to perform

The Ridgefield Playhouse will host an outdoor concert with Grammy Award-winner and “jazz master” Christian McBride at 7 p.m. Friday.

This concert will be McBride’s only upcoming Connecticut show. He earned his seventh Grammy Award this year in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for his work on “Trilogy 2” alongside jazz fusion icon Chick Corea.

Tip City will also perform at the concert, which will feature Emmet Cohen and Dan Wilson. This is part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series.

Ticket holders can view an art exhibit by Chris Osborne before the performance and are invited to enter a free raffle to win a prize from Freixenet Mionetto.

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket for $45, visit www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. Purchasers may also visit or call the box office at 203-438-5795. The playhouse is offering socially distanced, limited capacity seating.

Sherman

Farm to host First Friday Hike

The Connecticut Audubon Society is having a First Friday Hike at Deer Pond Farm, 57 Wakeman Hill Road, in Sherman, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

There is no fee to participate.

A volunteer training session will also be held at Deer Pond Farm for trail monitors and co leaders from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. this Monday on Zoom. There is no fee for the virtual event.

Register at https://www.ctaudubon.org/mc-events/deer-pond-farm-trail-monitors-co-leaders-volunteer-training/.